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December 26, 2017

NEW YORK — U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live.

The government figures released on Thursday put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015. For the first time, the…

Drug Overdoses Life Expectancy

December 19, 2017

NEW YORK — Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” “transgender” and “science-based.…

CDC Forbidden Words

December 16, 2017

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital is launching a new Joint Preservation program, a multidisciplinary knee and hip osteoarthritis management program.

With the help of the Joint Preservation Program, people can take back control of their Osteoarthritis and get back to doing the things they enjoy. The program…

December 16, 2017

Many people believe that antibiotics are essential for fighting colds, flu and other illnesses.

While it’s true that antibiotics are powerful medicines used for treating a number of common bacterial infections such as pneumonia and for life-threatening conditions including sepsis, they do not…

December 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer.

It is the latest…

Science Says Mammograms

December 05, 2017

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. — U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once, giving a more complete picture of what is driving a patient’s tumor and aiding efforts to match treatments to those flaws.

The U.S. Food and Drug…

Genetic Frontiers Gene Tumor Boards

November 28, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Businessman Kyle Graves shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit.

Ex-trucker Jeff McCoy threatened to blow his brains out if his mother did not hand over his fentanyl patches.

Bianca Knight resorted to street pills when her opioids ran…

Overcoming Opioids Struggles for Recovery-4

November 14, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room.

Wrong decision, according to her health insurer. Wrenne was diagnosed with a…

MED--Insurers-Covering ER Visits

November 07, 2017

WASHINGTON— A first attempt at gene therapy for a disease that leaves babies unable to move, swallow and, eventually, breathe has extended the tots’ lives, and some began to roll over, sit and stand on their own, researchers reported Wednesday.

Only 15 babies with spinal muscular…

Genetic Frontiers Baby Gene Therapy

November 03, 2017

Nash UNC Health Care received good news on its latest biannual Leapfrog safety grade, though the news was not as good as it wanted.

The hospital returned to a C safety rating for the fall rankings after dropping to a D rating in the spring. This score brings the hospital back to the same C rating…

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